Davos Experts Discuss the Future of Education

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Davos Experts Discuss the Future of Education

Jobs are changing, and we need a huge shift in education to keep up, leaders at Davos say.

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www.weforum.org“According to the McKinsey Global Institute, robots could replace 800 million jobs by 2030, while the World Economic Forum suggests a ‘skills revolution’
could open up a raft of new opportunities,” observes this article about the impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on education from the
World Economic Forum Annual Meeting.The article, “The future of education, according to experts at Davos,” highlights the double-sided reality that goes to the heart of the AI conundrum. On one side is job loss coupled with almost unlimited opportunity on the other. While many repetitive tasks can and will be replaced by robots, we recognize that the most valuable gains in AI will come from humans
collaborating with these intelligent machines. Upskilling workers and designing new opportunities for human-machine collaboration is something business leaders struggle with. (See Expressworks blogs on “Reworking the Revolution,”
Part 1,
Part 2).But even if business leaders were to institute the best-possible worker training, the conundrum would not be solved. The issue is a global one and, as such, not solely the responsibility of business leaders. According to experts in Davos, the solution needs to start well before workers enter the workforce. It needs to start with the way we educate our children.“If we do not change the way we teach, 30 years from now, we’re going to be in trouble,” said Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba Group, China’s e-commerce giant. Ma continued, “The knowledge-based approach of ‘200 years ago’,
 would ‘fail our kids’, who would never be able to compete with machines. Children should be taught ‘soft skills’ like independent thinking, values and teamwork.”“We need to break the cultural silos. Too often people put science and the humanities, or science and the arts, in different silos. They are the highest expression of the curiosity and creativity of humanity,” added Fabiola Gianotti, a particle physicist and the Director General of CERN in a session on education.While most of us can’t go to Davos and hear their wisdom firsthand, this article takes us there. In addition to Jack Ma and Fabiola Gianotti, by clicking links within the article, we can watch and listen to people like:

  • Minouche Shafik, Director of the London School of Economics
  • Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
  • Orit Gadiesh, Cchairman of management consulting firm Bain & Company
  • Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani activist and founder of the Malala Fund
  • Sinead Burke, an Irish small person and activist speaking on inclusion.

There seems to be consensus among the experts on the criticality of figuring out how to best educate our children for the future they will inherit. Certainly, this topic is also worth our time and our best thinking. Ensuring that our educational systems can support and enhance the benefits we hope to receive from AI is everyone’s responsibility. And, it is an opportunity for all of us to become leaders in the collective journey to our future.
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Flora Moon
Flora Moon is Sustainability Practice Director at Expressworks. For over 15 years she has adeptly guided petrochemical clients like DuPont, Williams, Halliburton and Chevron to navigate systemic and cultural change. In April, 2016 she moderated the SPE panel on Sustainability and Performance in Stavanger, Norway. She serves on the Executive committee of the Society of Petroleum Engineers Sustainability Technical Section and co-leads the SPE Sustainability Technical Section Performance Sub-Committee. Flora has also created sustainability capability and capacity in communities serving on the Houston (Texas) Resilience Committee and as project manager / special advisor to a number of public and private projects. She is the co-designer of a private sustainability investment strategy for Merrill Lynch.

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